The Little-Known Fund at the Heart of the Paris Climate Agreement

The Little-Known Fund at the Heart of the Paris Climate Agreement

Green Climate Fund — now there are three words guaranteed to raise the hackles of Republican members of Congress. The fund is little known outside the world of climate skeptics and policy wonks. Yet the $10.3 billion fund, to which the United States has pledged $3...
New Climate Action Plan, Same Old Results?

New Climate Action Plan, Same Old Results?

The World Bank’s recently released Climate Action Plan reiterates the risk of climate change to development gains, and adds another document to a long list of cleaner energy strategies published by the Bank since the turn of the century. But will the global...
Shaken But Not Dead

Shaken But Not Dead

Please join IPS and the International Labor Rights Forum for a roundtable discussion with Debra Efroymson, author of Beyond Apologies; Defining and Achieving an Economics of Wellbeing, on the flawed assumptions in development programming today. Debra will share some...
In the Keystone Suit, It’s Big Oil vs. Democracy

In the Keystone Suit, It’s Big Oil vs. Democracy

A few years back, I was one of the hundreds of climate activists arrested while protesting the Keystone XL pipeline outside the White House. So when the president finally pulled the plug on the project last November, it felt like a huge victory — symbolic, maybe, but...
The Moral Case Against the TPP

The Moral Case Against the TPP

Pope Francis waxed radical on a number of big issues during his recent speech to the U.S. Congress, where he condemned the arms trade, war profiteering, and even the war on terror itself. But despite the Vatican’s previous critical statements about free trade...
From Gold Country to the Golden Triangle

From Gold Country to the Golden Triangle

Three environmental and human rights heroes came to Washington from gold country in El Salvador this week to protest in front of the oversized World Bank headquarters, at the southern corner of what is known as the “Golden Triangle” in Washington, DC.  One...
Protest: World Bank’s ICSID Hearing Lawsuit Against El Salvador

Protest: World Bank’s ICSID Hearing Lawsuit Against El Salvador

The fate of millions of Salvadoran people is being debated behind doors at the World Bank’s ICSID – a tribunal that few know exist — on September 15, ironically El Salvador’s independence anniversary day. Join the Institute for Policy Studies’...
Fossil Fuels: The Tide is Turning

Fossil Fuels: The Tide is Turning

On the same day that the federal government released its National Climate Assessment which summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, Stanford University trustees voted to divest their $18.7 billion endowment of coal stocks, the largest in a...
Sustainable Energy Access For All?

Sustainable Energy Access For All?

In 2011, the UN established “Sustainable Energy for All”, a global initiative with three goals: achieving universal energy access, increasing energy efficiency, and doubling the renewable energy supply by 2030. The first of these goals seems daunting considering that...
World Bank Energy Lending Still Veering in Wrong Direction

World Bank Energy Lending Still Veering in Wrong Direction

More than one billion people around the world still lack access to modern electricity. At this week’s spring meetings, discussions between environment and development civil society groups and the World Bank highlighted tensions between those who seek to tackle energy...
The Tata Mundra Coal Plant: A Test for Presidents Obama and Kim

The Tata Mundra Coal Plant: A Test for Presidents Obama and Kim

In June 2013, President Barack Obama announced that he was “calling for an end to public financing for new coal plants overseas.” Within weeks of this announcement, World Bank President Jim Kim announced the Bank would phase out its support for most forms of coal....
Winning the Fight Against Coal Financing

Winning the Fight Against Coal Financing

When President Obama made his climate speech at Georgetown University in which he urged an end to almost all public financing of coal, Jim Vallette, former research director of the Sustainable Energy & Economy Network at IPS, dropped me an e-mail and we reflected...